“A winery and boutique B&B, set among tranquil gardens within easy distance of Mendoza's top vineyards - a friendly base for the Ruta del Vino”
The rooms and suites are spread between the Old House (the original finca) and the Stone House (built more recently). The rooms in the Old House have more rustic charm but are a little worn in places; those in the Stone House are (we think) of a higher standard and have views over the vineyard.
The décor throughout all rooms is simple but homely. Much of the furniture is antique and there's a sprinkling of finca objets (spurs and lassos), along with tapestries and black and white photographs charting the estate’s history. Beds are queen- or kingsize, made up with colourful bedspreads and adorned with crocheted white cushions. Bright rugs add warmth to the polished wooden floors. Bathrooms are simple but clean and comfortable, with a shower and/or tub.
The Standard Rooms are a decent size (25-30 sq.m) but the Suites have the added advantage of a kitchenette (you’re free to bring your own food and wine with you) and a living/dining area. A couple also have a terrace. All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a minibar (in which mineral water is regularly replenished, free of charge) and a safe.
Breakfast is the only meal formally served at Finca Adalgisa and it’s a cracker: fresh juices and fruit, breads and pastries, homemade jams and hot dishes cooked to order (we enjoyed tasty scrambled eggs with crispy pancetta, but you can choose ham and cheese omelettes or poached eggs if you prefer). It's dished up in the Old House, and if the weather's good you can eat outside on the patio.
You'll probably be out and about for lunch (reception can suggest local restaurants), but if you're just relaxing at the finca you can always buy some bread and cheese in the town and eat it in the garden. The Suites have kitchenettes, but they're pretty small; don't expect facilities to cook a proper meal.
From 6pm guests gather in the bodega to enjoy the estate’s Malbec wine. It's a wonderfully cosy space with blazing log fires, plush white sofas, a cane roof and a twisted walnut tree growing through the middle of the room. Tapas is laid on to accompany this (we had tangy goat's cheese, spicy salami and sweet dried fruit) and on your first night this is complimentary. If you return on subsequent nights there's a small charge, but it’s certainly worth it.
Afterwards you'll need to wander into Chacras de Coria for dinner. There are a few good restaurants here, including the Italian trattoria Macerata, whose gnocchi with salmon is exceptional. Our favourite was Patio de Jesús Maria, a wonderful parilla (traditional steakhouse) on the main road into the town which is very popular with the well-to-do locals. On sunny days you can tuck into juicy barbecued meats on its sweeping lawn while children jump around on the bouncy castle nearby. Further afield, Francis Mallman's 1884 restaurant has a fantastic reputation; try the baby goat or salted chicken, which are both renowned in the area. If you don't want to drive, reception can organise a taxi.
Children of all ages are welcome and the kitchenettes in the suites can come in handy for families. Extra beds, cots and babysitting are available on request.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Kitchenettes and extra beds are available in the Suites, some have bathtubs and a private terrace
Babysitting is available by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking